Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0021161, Mon, 10 Jan 2011 10:52:30 -0200

Re: [Fwd: Sighting. NY Times Book Review]
Katya/RHB: The New York Times Book Review, January 2, 2011, page 23, Notebook, Masters of the Form, by Jennifer B. McDonald:: Or consider Mary McCarthy (Wilson's third wife, as it happens), whose 1962 review of Nabokov's "Pale Fire" opened up vistas few others had ever seen..."

JM: I haven't EW/VN's corrrespondence at hand. I remember that Wilson's next wife, not Mary McCarthy, was one of the few, at the time of VN's difficulties in finding a publisher for Lolita, who wrote favourably and sensibly about it. Mary's review is, of course, brilliant although she didn't find the crown jewels...

As a non-sighting, or a ghostly one, I read today LFVerissimo on Hitchcock's "The Birds" set in relation to the recent deaths of hundreds of birds in Arkansas, US and in Sweden. Veríssimo mentioned Hitchcock's non-conclusiveness (also for the absence of explanation about why the birds started to attack people) and the disharmony between mankind and the animal world, before he wondered at the recent paserine disaster. It was as if the birds were crashing against a feigned remoteness in the glassy sky...
This time, though, the disharmony seems to be greater for somethings unexplainable menaces now both birds and humans...

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